Dec 5, 2013
Proof That L.A. Is Better Than New York
Posted on Oct 12, 2011
Whereas protesters occupying Wall Street depend on a McDonald’s to relieve themselves, their counterparts in Los Angeles have port-a-potties. Whereas New York’s billionaire mayor and pepper-spraying police appear to have sided with the 1 percent, the L.A. City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to support the Occupy LA protesters camped outside City Hall.
Now the measure, which resolves that “the City of Los Angeles hereby stands in SUPPORT for the continuation of the peaceful and vibrant exercise in First Amendment Rights carried out by ‘Occupy Los Angeles,’ ” heads to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office. He isn’t a billionaire, but he has worked for the United Teachers of Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Of course we’re only joking that L.A. is “better than New York” (come winter we may revisit the issue), but right now it is a model of how a city can embrace a cause that affects all of us—or at least 99 percent of us.
However, the protesters aren’t letting the city off with merely making a statement of support. The council punted on a measure that would force the city to divest from naughty banks. That measure will continue to draw strength from the hundreds camped outside the building. —PZS
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